Air Liquide Large Industries U.S. LP has
started up a new steam methane reformer (SMR) in La Porte,
Texas, just east of Houston. The 120 million scfd of gaseous
hydrogen produced by the SMR will feed into the companys
pipeline system along the Texas Gulf Coast, including the
recently built 85-mile pipeline expansion to supply refineries in
Port Arthur, Texas. Hydrogen is used in the oil refining process to convert heavy
crude oil into clean-burning transportation -fuels and petrochemical feedstocks.
GDF SUEZ has signed a commercial
development agreement with Cameron LNG, a unit
of Sempra Energy, regarding the natural gas
liquefaction project of Cameron LNG. This
facility will be located at the site of its existing import
terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana. Through this commercial
development agreement, GDF SUEZ and Sempra will negotiate a
20-year liquefaction service contract for 4 million tpy of
liquefied natural gas (LNG).
The LNG plant will have three liquefaction trains with a
production and export capacity of 12 million tpy and will be
operated by Cameron LNG. The plant is expected to start full
operations in late 2016.
Shell, Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS),
Mitsubishi Corp. and PetroChina Co.,
Ltd. are developing a proposed liquefied natural gas
(LNG) export facility, near Kitimat, British Columbia,
Shell holds a 40% interest in the LNG Canada project, with
KOGAS, Mitsubishi and PetroChina each holding a 20% interest.
The proposed project includes the design, construction and operation of a gas
liquefaction plant and facilities for the storage and
export of LNG, including marine off-loading facilities and
LNG Canada will initially have two LNG processing units, or
trains, each with the capacity to produce 6 million
tpy of LNG, with an option to expand the project in the
The partners will decide whether to move ahead with the
projects development after conducting engineering work
and environmental assessments, as well
as consultations with local communities and other stakeholders.
Startup could come around the end of the decade, assuming all
necessary regulatory approvals and investment decisions.
The Shaw Group Inc. has an agreement with
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP to proceed
with front-end engineering design (FEED) for a 1.5 million
metric-tpy (3.3 billion lb/yr) grassroots ethylene plant. The
scope of work, which will be released in phases, follows
Shaws previous award of a contract to license its
proprietary technology and provide a process
design package for the project. The plant will be located at
Chevron Phillips Chemicals Cedar Bayou Plant in Baytown,
Nalco, an Ecolab company,
plans to construct a dry polymer production facility at the
companys complex in Garyville, Louisiana. The 300,000
sq-ft facility will produce dry polymer products for use in
removing contaminants from wastewater.
When completed late this year, the dry polymer plant will
increase facility space at the Garyville complex to 1 million
sq ft and add 22 full-time positions to the companys
current Garyville workforce of 235 employees.
In addition to the 22 full-time positions necessary to
operate the new dry polymer facility, it will take
approximately 350,000 man-hours to complete the project, the equivalent of 167
full-time construction jobs. Construction of
the facility is expected to be completed in December 2012.
Eastman Chemical Co. has completed the
retrofit and startup of its non-phthalate plasticizer
manufacturing facility in Texas City, Texas. Eastman purchased
the former Sterling Chemicals, Inc. plant in
mid-2011. The facility, which will primarily produce Eastman
168 non-phthalate plasticizer, will increase the overall
capacity of Eastman 168 by approximately 60%. Further capacity
increases are possible with minimal investment at the Texas
City site as demand for non-phthalate plasticizers continues to
The Shaw Group Inc. has been awarded a
contract to provide its proprietary technology and engineering
services for a new Ultra Selective Conversion (USC) furnace for
Eastman Chemical Co.s ethylene plant in
Longview, Texas. Shaw will procure the equipment for the
Excelerate Energy L.P. is developing what
is said to be the first floating liquefaction facility in the
US, using its Floating Liquefaction Storage Offloading (FLSO)
vessel technology. The Lavaca Bay LNG
project will be located in Port Lavaca, situated between
Galveston and Corpus Christi on the Texas Gulf Coast, and will
be designed to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) to markets
worldwide by 2017.
Excelerate Energys FLSO vessel comprises 3 million tpy
of production capacity, 250,000 m³ of LNG storage, and a
fully integrated gas-processing plant. With this gas-processing
capability, the FLSO vessel can accommodate a wide range of gas
compositions at its inlet, making it well suited for virtually
any application near shore or offshore. For those situations
where gas processing is not required due to the presence of
existing processing facilities or where pipeline-quality
gas is used as the feedstock, the processing equipment
can be removed and liquefaction capacity increased to 4 million
Front-end engineering and design (FEED) is in an advanced
phase and Excelerate is now entering into discussions with
potential off takers and natural gas suppliers, as well as
investors and potential sources of finance to take the project
forward. Excelerate Energy expects FEED to last until the end
of 2012, and, following its completion and successful
permitting, project delivery will take approximately 44 months
from final investment decision.
In its initial phase, the Lavaca Bay LNG project will
consist of one permanently moored FLSO vessel with multiple
connections to the onshore natural gas grid in South Texas. The
project will be designed with the potential for expansion and the addition of a
second FLSO vessel over time for a total production capacity of
up to 8 million tpy. Excelerate Energy expects to begin the
export authorization and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
(FERC) permitting immediately, and is in the process of
completing its site-specific final FEED effort.
Two polyethylene facilities, planned as part of the
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LPs US
Gulf Coast (USGC) Petrochemicals Project, will be
located on a site near the Chevron Phillips Chemical Sweeny
facility in Old Ocean, Texas.
The two new polyethylene facilities will each have a
capacity of 500,000 metric tpy and will use Chevron Phillips
Chemicals proprietary Loop Slurry Technology.
The company has also executed a front-end engineering and
design (FEED) agreement with Jacobs Engineering Group,
Inc., to design the polyethylene facilities. Additionally, the
company has also executed a FEED agreement with Shaw
Energy & Chemicals to design the previously
announced 1.5 million-metric tpy ethane cracker that would be
located at Chevron Phillips Chemicals existing Cedar
Bayou facility in Baytown, Texas.
The estimated completion date for the USGC Petrochemicals Project is 2017.